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Burns Fellowship 60th Anniversary

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We celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Burns Fellowship at a series of events across
Thursday 6 September, Friday 7 September, Saturday 8 September, and Sunday 9 September.

For the anniversary, we partnered with a number of organizations, including the Dunedin Readers and Writers Festival, the New Zealand Young Writers Festival, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society, the Dunedin City of Literature, the University Bookshop, and Continuing Education, Special Collections, and the Hocken Library at the University of Otago.  Thanks go to Otago Access Radio, who podcasted from selected events.

This webpage offers an overview of the schedule, locations and times of events.  Many campus-based events have detailed pages of their own, so please click through where applicable for further information.

Public Events

Thursday 6 September

  • 3pm - 4.20pm: workshop sessions with former Burns Fellows for young writers (attending high school), and tertiary students; members of the public interested in attending should email Jacob Edmond (jacob.edmond@otago.ac.nz).
  • 5pm - 6:30pm: the University Book Shop will host the launch of Cilla McQueen's new collection of selected poems, Poeta: Selected and new poetry.  Other former Burns Fellows will also be available, along with a selection and display of their books.  RSVP is required, to publicity@otago.ac.nz

 
Friday 7 September

  • 10am - 12 noon: the New Zealand Young Writers Festival present Craig Cliff's Writing with Robots - an online poetry workshop using a range of online tools to generate text (registration required: emailing your full name, phone number and workshop title to look@youngwritersfest.nz).
  • 10am - 10:30am: official opening and celebration of the Otago English Programme's Stair Poems by Ruth Dallas and Hone Tuwhare; RSVP required to english@otago.ac.nz.
  • 11am - 12.20pm: workshop sessions with former Burns Fellows for young writers (attending high school), and tertiary students; members of the public interested in attending should email Jacob Edmond (jacob.edmond@otago.ac.nz) to register their interest.
  • 1pm - 2pm: a number of former Burns Fellows will read short extracts from their works at a lunchtime reading session on campus.
  • 3pm - 4pm: Victor Rodger Young Writers' Workshop - Victor will lead students through several writing exercises and encourage participants to use material from their own lives (registration required: emailing your full name, phone number and workshop title to look@youngwritersfest.nz)
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm: the official opening of the University of Otago Special Collections exhibition dedicated to the work of all Burns fellows.  The opening event is invitation only, but please note the exhibition will run from 7 September to 7 December, 2018, first floor of the Central Library, the De Beer Gallery, 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

 
Saturday 8 September

The Dunedin Public Art Gallery will host four public events in the Conference Room:


Sunday 9 September

  • 10am - 12 noon: Open Home at Robert Lord Writers Cottage (3 Titan Street, off George and Great King Streets, Dunedin).
  • 2pm - 4pm: A celebration of the Stations of the Cross painted by artist, poet, film-maker, environmental activist, Joanna Margaret Paul (1945-2003), is to be held in the Church of St Mary, Star of the Sea, 38 Magnetic St, Port Chalmers. A warm invitation is extended to all.
     

Theatrical Fellows Exhibition at the Hocken Collections

  • Hocken Collections is pleased to support the celebration of the Burns Fellowship 60th Anniversary and NZ Theatre Month with a small display of material featuring dramatic and theatrical works by Fellows drawn from across the collections.  It includes art works, posters and programmes, letters and manuscripts of plays, photographs, books and some recordings.  You will also be able to see a wonderful collaboration between University Fellows, as Ralph Hotere’s three banner work Rain featuring Hone Tuwhare’s poem has been hung in the Hocken foyer.

    The exhibition ran from 1-15 September in the Hocken Collections Foyer, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin.